This article marks the beginning of a new Hardcore Droid feature, detailing this week’s top five Android games with no IAPs, listing them from the merely great to the very best. Each game has its own unique reason for being on this list, and each shares the same quality: excellence.
5. Undead Rising
Coming in at number 5 this week is Undead Rising, a hidden object puzzle game, great for Halloween. It contains 20 spooky levels covered with hidden objects that the player must seek out, which change locations each time you play. This game is a perfect fit for casual players as well as those that are seeking a challenge, the difficulty level can be changed by setting how objects in the puzzle are listed (through picture, name, silhouette, or random) as well by standard normal, casual, or challenge setting.
4. Age of Civilization Europe
Coming in at number four is Age of Civilizations Europe, a turn-based strategy game reminiscent of Risk. Age of Civilization Europe offers players a wealth of challenges via a large selection of options to choose from when setting up the game, making each play-through a different experience. Similar to Risk, world domination is the goal, but unlike the old strategy game, Age of Civilization Europe simply capturing capitals can net you the win.
The third best Android game of this week is Republique, a stealth-action game where the player must stealthily lead a woman named Hope out of a hopeless totalitarian state. Though this game does offer IAPs, the first episode is filled with immersive puzzles and a great variety of strategic choices.
2. Secret of Mana
The second best game of the week goes to Secret of Mana. The legendary 16-bit Super Nintendo game was initially released in 1993, and was best known for its amazingly rendered game world and its badass Ring Command System. This wonderfully memorable game is just as good on mobile as it was on the old Nintendo nearly twenty years ago.
1. Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition
And the absolute best game of the week goes to Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition, a legendary game in its own right, but this time for the PC. It was originally released way back in 2000, but this new enhanced edition, much like its brilliant brethren Baldur’s Gate EE, Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition brings new content, including the original’s expansion packs, The Heard of Winter and new cool stuff like cooperative play and a sharp new interface.
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